From that visit the seed was planted for the Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive For Kids which Weir will bring to the Rideau View Golf Club Sept. 10-11.
Weir guested on In The Box on TSN 1200 with host Steve Lloyd and covered a wide range of topics including the inspiration behind the Miracle Golf Drive which, over its first 10 years has raised about $6 million for Canadian children's hospitals.
"Just getting to talk to the doctors and see the children and the parents and the many challenges you have when you have a child that's ill and needs support, financially and emotionally, the money the doctors need for research, all of the above, I was just blown away by (St. Jude's) hospital and kind of what was being done there," said Weir, the 2003 Masters champion and a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame.
"It was early in my career and I thought if I ever have a chance and do well and be able to establish something and give back, I thought that was a very worthwhile cause. I was at a stage where my children were very young and I felt fortunate that they were healthy and felt very lucky. I just wanted to give back that way so when we started the Mike WeirFoundation, that's the direction we headed with that."
The event, for which there are still sponsorship opportunities available (check out cheofoundation.com for those details), will include a junior tournament clinic, an exclusive cocktail reception, a Champions dinner which will feature a Q & A with Weir and a tournament with Weir making the rounds to meet and greet.
"It's a really fun event. We're there to celebrate the kids and celebrate the doctors who do all the great work and raise money for the equipment needed for these kids," said Weir.
"Your money is going to a great cause. I'm going to be available to everybody the best I can. It's a big field, but I'm going to try to get around to all the groups and try to say hello and see if anybody needs help with their game. My goal is to raise $10 million for kids in Canada and we're creeping along here. We're getting to over $6 million. It's really been a great event. Eleventh annual, it's hard to believe. Hopefully everybody in Ottawa comes out to support it."